|a note on trimming beaks See an avian veterinarian if you suspect that your bird's beak is growing unevenly. Your avian veterinarian can determine the reason for the problem as well as trim it to prevent problems with eating or preening. Beak trimming is best performed by a veterinarian, unless you have considerable experience. If a beak is trimmed too short, it will cause the bird pain, will bleed, and may make it difficult or impossible for a bird to eat.|
signs of an unhealthy beak
The most common beak abnormalities include:
This condition may occur when the upper beak or lower beak grows too long. The upper beak overgrows far more often than the lower beak. An overgrown beak can be the result of health problems including trauma, developmental abnormalities, nutritional imbalances, polyomavirus-like infections (finches), or liver disease (especially in budgies).
Some at-home care includes:
Your bird's beak, like our all-important opposable thumb, makes it possible for her to perform daily actions that affect her well being. Make sure this essential part of her anatomy is in the best shape possible, and it will go a long way towards keeping her happy and healthy.